New York-based Nelson Racing Engine Group is the first company to develop an engine to harness a reverse engineering approach to the engine design of the 206cc racer engine.
The engine, dubbed the 212, was developed by Nelson Racing Engineering for the North American Racing Series in 2017.
“We have an incredible opportunity to use the engine for the 2018 season, and to really showcase what we can do with this engine in the future,” said Nelson Racing President and CEO Michael E. Leung.
“We’ve created an engine that’s very simple to reverse engineering, and has the same level of reliability, torque, and power that we have with the 206.”
The engine has a power-to-weight ratio of just 7.5-to1.
In the test, the engine was able to produce just under 10 horsepower from its 6.0-liter engine, enough to keep a full lap going in an 11-turn race.
“With the engine in our hands, it’s very easy to reverse engineers and find the secrets,” said Leung, who has worked in engine development for more than 40 years.
“This engine is not just a simple tuning tool.
It can be used to modify the engine or any other vehicle.”
Nelson Racing, which was founded in 2012 by Nelson brothers Michael and Kevin Nelson, is the second company to reverse-engineer an engine.
In 2017, it unveiled a reverse-engineering system that used the reverse engineering process to modify a Chevrolet Corvette engine for racing purposes.
The company also recently created a reverse engine that can be built from a 3-D printer.
“When we think about our engine, we think of it as the engine that we built as a kid, but we are now able to build the engine from scratch,” said Kevin Nelson.
“The 212 engine is a perfect engine for our sportscar racing program.”